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Sep 4, 2006 - Denali to Fairbanks

Last night was another clear, cold night. The temperature this morning was about 23 degrees. Due to popular demand, I left the heat on in the motorhome last night. Doloris was awake at about 2:00 am looking for the northern lights again last night. This time the aurora was more visible. It was still not colorful but we had no doubts that we were looking at the northern lights the way it glowed and changed shapes. Today, we had to leave Denali and head to Fairbanks. On the way out of the park, we spotted several caribou and got a few last...

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Holladays in Alaska

Aug 2, 2006 - Fairbanks for 4 days.

2-5 August 2006 Fairbanks Days 15-18 The drive to Fairbanks was good, with more beautiful scenery, and a couple of stops to break up the drive. One stop was at North Pole, AK, where many of us arranged to have Santa letters sent to the grandchildren next Christmas. Fairbanks is the most northerly of our stops. The city itself is very well layed out, and clean. The military is very present here, and is probably a big contributor to the economy. Our first evening in Fairbanks we all went to see a 'photosymphony' of the Northern Lights - a...

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Aug 1, 2006 - Fairbanks, Alaska

Mile 9224 Stopped in Fairbanks after stops in Chicken and Tok. Chicken was so named because the miner who named it struggled to name it after a local fowl - the ptarmigan (silent "p"), a small grouse-like bird. Well, he never did figure out how to spell ptarmigan (silent "p"(hey, maybe that was the problem)) (Wow, double parens in a sentence) so he settled for "Chicken" since he COULD spell that. Chicken is really only 4 buildings, no phone, and no electricity. It had one gift shop, one saloon, one liquor store (for take out, I guess, if...

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Aug 1, 2006 - Fairbanks, AK

Got an early start for the trip to Fairbanks. Lots of "doin's" today. The road from Tok was great, flat, 55 mph, and cruise control. The weather was partly cloudy, but no rain. Good, the rig won't get any dirtier than it already is, which is not as bad as some, but a lot dirtier than we like it. There was an RV wash at Tok, but the line wrapped around the campground. We spent a little time at Delta Jct. It is the "official" end of the Alaska Highway. We each got a hat pin and a certifecte for driving the road. Got into Fairbanks about 2...

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Jul 17, 2006 - Tok, AK - Fairbanks, AK

Monday, July 17 As we left Tok, AK, the rolling terrain gradually gave way to mostly flat, straight stretches of road. About half way between Tok and Fairbanks, we passed through Delta Junction, which is the official end of the Alaskan Highway at milepost 1422. Just outside of Delta Junction, the trans-Alaskan pipeline crosses the Tanana River right next to the highway to Fairbanks. The only wildlife we saw today were two moose. We arrived in Fairbanks around 2:00 PM Alaskan time and after setting up the trailer, went for a late lunch/early...

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Jul 17, 2006 - Fairbanks, AK

We are parked on the Chena River in the River's Edge Resort (they get the award for the WORST WIFI of the trip). Monday, July 17, 2006 -- Fairbanks 7884 miles We toured Fairbanks on the tandem today, mostly looking for the right post office to pick up our mail. That accomplished, we stopped at Creamer's Field to look for birds - pretty slim pickings right now because we are in between migrations, but Linda had a nice walk. Fairbanks is spread out and crowded and (in spite of the Fairbanks bike route map) not all that bicycle...

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Jul 13, 2006 - We are finally on the way to Fairbanks

We had to spend a few extra days in Haines waiting for parts for the RV. They finally arrived, so we were on the road again. We pulled out this morning heading toward the Alaska mainland. Once through customs, the highway winds out of the valley in a long, rather steep climb. At the summit, it was raining and very foggy. With the fog, we were not able to see the beautiful snow covered mountains we had witnessed on our way in. The fog finally lifted and the beauty of the area was again very evident. We stopped in Haines Junction for fuel...

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Jul 7, 2006 - Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska We left Tok and headed north to Fairbanks. The country side views are just as great as before. We arrived in Delta Junction around 10:30 A.M. Alaska time. This is the true end of the Alaska Highway built by the army in 1942, as the road between Delta Junction and Fairbanks was already built. So, now I too can place the bumper sticker on the motorhome that we had traveled the Alaska Highway. Believe it or not none were to be found. We did find the communities farmers market and their weekend Fourth of July celebration. We...

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Jul 1, 2006 - Fairbanks

2:30 Fairbanks, major goof up at the RV Park. Could not find our reservations, and the person who took them is not here. Did give us a site in the overflow lot and knocked $10.00 off the price. We head out to a Farmer's Market just down the road. Has the normal things, but from Alaska. Mike and I had a Reindeer Sausage hot dog. Not bad, in fact it was quite good. Next the visitor's center, it is on the Chena River in the middle of town. The building is built to resemble a roadhouse, log structure with a sod roof with small trees and...

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Jun 26, 2006 - North Pole and Fairbanks

Left Walker Forks campground this morning while it was raining. The day was generally gray but when we got to the top of a mountain, the sun was shining in the east but it was gray in the west - perfect for a rainbow and voila!!!! There it was - only this rainbow was BELOW us. We saw the rainbow looking from above which was a totally incredible sight. I took photos but doubt that they will capture how wonderful the view was. We got to Delta Junction and the end of the Alaska Highway - Mile 1422. We got the certificate of completion at the...

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Jun 22, 2006 - On to Fairbanks, Alaska

We arrived in Fairbanks and were looking forward to a nice campgrounds with all the extras on the side a the Nenane River. On the way in we stopped at North Pole, Alaska. The have a great gift shop and Santa is there year around to talk to the kids. The reindeer are in the back for the kids to see. The girls enjoyed looking around at all the old fashion toys they had there and sent post cards to there brother and sister from there. When we arrived we found out there were not only two caravans in the park, but they were also full of people...

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Our Alaska Trip 2006

Jun 19, 2006 - Fairbanks, AK

We hope all you Dads had a great day yesterday. I know that just finally having phone service again after being without for the last month made Bill very happy, just to be able to talk to the kids. You never know how much you miss something until you don't have it, right? All in all, we had a very lazy day. We started out the morning by having breakfast at the Sourdough Campground. Guess what we had? Sourdough pancakes of course. They serve these every morning, along with fruits, juice and coffee. They really were quite good. Bill ordered...

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